|Single by Steve Miller Band|
|from the album Fly Like an Eagle|
|Released||August 1976 (US)
|Recorded||1976 at CBS Studios in San Francisco, California|
|Steve Miller Band singles chronology|
"Rock'n Me" (also known as "Rock 'N Me" or "Rock 'N' Me") is a song by American rock band Steve Miller Band, released in 1976 from the band's ninth studio album Fly Like an Eagle (1976). It was written by primary band leader and songwriter Steve Miller released as the second single from the album. Miller also produced the song and album. The North American release of the single was generally credited to Steve Miller as a person, while the European release was generally credited to the Steve Miller Band as a whole group.
The song achieved lasting commercial and critical success, with the publication Billboard labeling it "an immediate audience grabber". It became the band's second #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed at the top for one week, it also topped the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart. In later years, the song has been included in several compilation albums such as 1978's Greatest Hits 1974–78 and 1991's The Very Best of the Steve Miller Band.
Yeah, it's a tack on the wall for Paul (Kossoff). I did one concert in the two years that I was off the road. I went to London and played with Pink Floyd... it was a big, huge outdoor show so we needed a big rock and roll number that was really going to excite everybody. I just put it together and didn't think much about it.
I had thought about the gig and I knew they way it was going to work was, I was going to play just before Pink Floyd... the sun would be going down, it would be really cold, there wouldn’t be any lights on the stage, it would be a lousy time ... I went, 'You know, I’m gonna kick those guys in the butt.' So what I did was, I wrote 'Rock'n Me' as a song to play at a festival, to just get it going.
Composed for that kind of pop and rock festival atmosphere, the lyrics and vocals have been labeled as having an 'every man' quality to them. It is sung from the point of view of someone frequently traveling while keeping a positive, upbeat attitude. Locations mentioned in the song include the major cities of Phoenix, Arizona; Tacoma, Washington; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; and Los Angeles, California.
Billboard Magazine described "Rock'n Me" as a "catchy and highly humorous midtempo rocker," saying that the melody sounds like the Beach Boys and the Eagles in places. Cash Box said that it "draws from the best of rock ’n' roll over the last ten years" and has "hook-filled guitar lines."
|Canadian Top Singles||1|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||22|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||23|
|South Africa (Springbok)||3|
|UK Singles (OCC)||11|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||25|
|West Germany (Official German Charts)||28|
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